Earth Day weekend is the perfect opportunity to enjoy some outdoor family fun while teaching your kids the importance of environmental activism and community involvement. Whether you get your hands dirty with a beach clean-up or march for the sake of science, we’ve got some great suggestions for an eco-conscious family outing.

earth day_ golden gate parks Courtesy of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Facebook

San Francisco

Ocean Beach Cleanup
Join Surfrider SF for its annual Earth Day Beach cleanup at Ocean Beach plus an afterparty to celebrate this awesome planet! Gloves and buckets will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own. 

When: Sunday,  April 23rd
Time: 10 a.m.–noon
Location: Ocean Beach Stairwell 17, Noriega, & Sloat Streets
Good to know: Rain cancels clean-ups. Check their twitter account for updates.
Online: sf.surfrider.org

Lands End Stewardship
Head out to scenic Lands End for a morning of habitat restoration, park maintenance projects, trail repair, and more. 

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 9 a.m. – noon
Location: Lands End San Francisco
Good to know: Volunteers ages 8 and up are welcome with a chaperone.
Online: parksconservancy.org

baker clean upCourtesy of SF Surfrider

Aquatic Park Cleanup
Join the Aquarium of the Bay and SF Maritime National Historic Park for a community cleanup. Bonus: each volunteer will receive a complimentary pass to Aquarium of the Bay!

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 10 a.m. 1 p.m.
Location: Aquatic Park
Good to know: Volunteers will need to bring this signed waiver and are also encouraged to bring their own gloves, and bucket if possible.
Online: Register here

March for Science
March and celebrate public discovery, understanding, and distribution of scientific knowledge as crucial to the freedom, success, health, and safety of life on this planet. 

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Location: Check online for march details and location as they were not available at press time.
Online: marchforsciencesf.com/
Facebook: facebook.com/groups/marchforsciencesf
Good to know: When marching with kids, be prepared! Comfy shoes, sunscreen, snacks, water, extra layers, and bright clothing are encouraged.

Earth Day 2017 Festival
This jam-packed day of eco-activism will include a kids zone and carnival, a 50th Anniversary Summer of Love Tribute Stage, an eco fashion show, organic and vegan food courts, wine and beer gardens, a clean energy zone, and much more! 

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Location: Civic Center
Good to know: Entrance is free of charge but donations are encouraged.
Online: earthdaysf.org/
Facebook: facebook.com/events/197968994009926/

East Bay

Shoreline Cleanup at Emeryville
Join the Emeryville Community Services Department and help give back to the community by participating in Earth Day Action. Meet in the Chevys’ Parking lot for a brief training by the Fire Department, and then head down to the beach to clean up the Shoreline. Refreshments will be available for volunteers.

When: Saturday, April 23rd
Time: 8 a.m.–11 a.m
Location: Shorebird Park, Emeryville
Good to know: Bring reusable collection bags or buckets, garden gloves, and digging claws. Supplies will be provided for those who cannot bring their own.
Online: ci.emeryville.ca.us/192/Earth-Day-Celebration

earth day 2017 city of oakCourtesy of the City of Oakland

Oakland Earth Day Volunteer Day
Earth Day is Oakland’s largest annual volunteer cleanup and beautification event.  Groups and individuals of all ages and abilities are invited to join cleanup and restoration projects at creeks, parks, and neighborhood sites throughout Oakland. All tools are provided.

When: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9 a.m.–noon*
Location: Choose from a variety of sites
Good to know: Register with the site coordinator listed for your project, or register to host your own project. *Check the website for exact times and dates, as some vary.
Online: oaklandearthday.org

Peninsula

Coastal Wildflower Day and Earth Day Festival
This fun-packed day features games and activities for the whole family, native plants for your garden, hula dancing, nature walks, volunteer beach cleanup, and more.

When: Saturday, April 15th
Time: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Half Moon Bay State Beach, Francis Parking Lot
Good to know: Create your own art for Coastal Wildflower Day by entering the festival’s coloring contest.
Online: coastsidestateparks.org.

pacifica clean upCourtesy of a Pacifica Beach Coalition volunteer

Mori Point Stewardship + EcoFest
As a part of the annual Pacifica Earth Day event, the San Mateo team will be hosting special service project at Mori Point with more cleanups from Mussel Rock to Half Moon Bay (including Montara & Tunitas Creek). After cleanups, be sure to join the EcoFest celebration at Linda Mar State Beach, where families can enjoy 35 educational boothes—half of them have activities for kids!

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Location/Time: 9 a.m.–11:00 a.m. cleanups,  gardening & habitat restoration @ Mori Point and Citywide Sites, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. Eco Fest @ Linda Mar State Beach (south parking lot)
Good to know: You need to register here. Entry to EcoFest is free.
Online: pacificabeachcoalition.org
 one tam clean up 2Courtesy of One Tam

Marin

Mount Tam
One Tam is partnering with Friends of Mt. Tam at Mountain Theater on Mt. Tam for a morning of service. Projects will include pulling invasive plants that threaten the mountain’s biodiversity, improving trails, and working to maintain the theater.

When: Saturday, April 22
Time: 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Mount Tamalpais
Good to know: Volunteers of all ages are welcome, adult chaperones are being requested for young volunteers.
Online: parksconservancy.org

Stinson Beach
Round up the troops and head out to Stinson to give the coast some TLC and create some art at the Create-With-Nature Earth Day Celebration. The day starts with a beach cleanup/habitat restoration and will include sand globe making, musical creation, and more. Attendees are invited to bring small percussion instruments such as shakers, bells, or palm-sized drums to join in the musical 

When: Sunday, April 23rd
Time: 11 am–3 pm
Location: Stinson Beach
Good to know: Bags and gloves will be supplied for the cleanup. Attendees are invited to bring small percussion instruments such as shakers, bells, or palm-sized drums. Dogs aren’t allowed at the south end of Stinson Beach.
Online: earthdaystinsonbeach.org/

Rodeo Beach Cleanup
Head to the scenic Rodeo Valley for a beach and park cleanup. Stay the afternoon for a picnic, hike the trails, and visit nearby historic sites! 

When: Saturday, April 22nd
Time: 10 am–1 pm
Location: Rodeo Beach, Sausalito
Good to know: There are picnic areas at Rodeo Beach; they are located adjacent to the parking area overlooking the beach (this site is wheelchair accessible) and along Rodeo Lagoon.
Online: parksconservancy.org

Let us know if we’ve missed any events near you in the comments section. Happy Earth Day!

–Sommer Naffz